I am continuing to turn my reference books into PDFs by taking the covers off and breaking them into sections, guillotining the edge and then scanning them. This is going well.
I also visited a local second hand bookshop and purchased a few classics for a couple of dollars each. These were books that I already had, but where I wanted to retain my cherished paper copy.
One thing that I would like to do is to scan Christian paperbacks from the 1980s in the same way. Unfortunately it seems that charity shops and second-hand shops tend to discard “religious” paperbacks as unsaleable.
I now have a couple of monster volumes to do. One of these is an Italian reference volume which I bought in a bookshop in the Via della Conciliazione in Rome, the street that leads up to the Vatican. It has since been translated into English, and it would be more useful to me in PDF. Another is a monstrous volume sent to me for review, which I consider unreadable in paper form. I think that it is a show volume, created solely to impress, rather than inform. Anyway, it would be better in PDF.
A correspondent drew my attention to a series of volumes giving yet another “real Jesus” narrative. I am preparing a review of one of the key points of this theory; but it doesn’t really seem to be widely known, and I am nervous of giving it publicity.
In the process I discovered the existence of a “Life of St Paul” included in many Greek manuscripts of the Acts and Letters, and attributed to a certain Euthalius. I’ll probably do a post on this once I understand the matter better than I do now.
It is the depths of winter here at the moment. At some point I hope to get another contract and go back to work. Meanwhile … I can continue to declutter my shelves!!